Just like that, the New York Yankees might have found a loophole in the epic failure of the Jacoby Ellsbury contract. The San Francisco Giants could make their logjam disappear.
The no-trade clause is an odd phenomenon. For the New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, he has exercised it relentlessly this offseason.
However, reports on Thursday surfaced that Ellsbury would actually consider waiving the no-trade clause to go to the San Francisco Giants.
giants have a lot of potential OF options (cain, cutch, jay, yelich, jd, bruce, etc.) but how about jacoby ellsbury? he's wanted to stay with yanks. but would giants be one team he accepts? https://t.co/yEpqQF9otN
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 21, 2017
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports opened up a can of worms, stating that Ellsbury would consider waiving the clause for a “few select teams,” one of those being the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have made a few moves this offseason, their latest being the acquisition of Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Denard Span and cash. This leaves a solid opening for Ellsbury to get some actual playing time, which he likely won’t get with the logjam created in the Bronx outfield.
Nobody knows what Ellsbury will decide to do but he will likely factor in his own family and where he came from. His hometown of Madras, OR is a short flight from San Francisco…much shorter than a flight from the Bronx.
Ellsbury has four years left on his massive contract and has already stated that he wants playing time. And who could blame him? This is a guy who was used to being the star in Boston and somewhat fell under the radar in New York. Plus, he hasn’t necessarily put up horrific numbers as of late.
Last season was shortened by injuries but in 112 games, he batted .264 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs. He still showed that his defense was top-notch, as he made several diving catches and even robbed a few deep balls.
The Yankees were assuming they were stuck in their own Ellsbury contract debacle and the Giants might have given them a way out. Who knows?
It’s the offseason, baby. Anything can happen!